Gender Issues

Nagaland Imbroglio

WOMEN’S groups have been leading a struggle for 33 percent reservation in the local bodies in Nagaland for the past many years. Elections for 32 urban local bodies (ULBs) notified on December 21, 2016 were to be held after a gap of 16 years. Unfortunately some tribal groups opposed reservation for women under the garb of protecting customary laws. Women who filed their nominations were forced to withdraw and a call was given to boycott the elections. Two people were killed in police firing in the ensuing violence.

AIDWA Calls For Campaign Against Demonetisation And Massive Observance Of International Women’s Day

THE well-attended first meeting of the AIDWA central secretariat after the Bhopal all India conference held at Chennai last month gave a call for an intensive campaign against the disastrous impact of demonetisation on women. It also called for a massive observance of International Women’s Day on March 8 around these three slogans: Work for all and equal wages for equal work is our right; Rise against the Manuwadi and regressive ideology; Immediately pass the Women’s Reservation Bill.

When Rape Becomes a Weapon against Tribal Women

THE National Human Rights Commission is to be congratulated for taking the first step, even though much delayed, to bring justice to tribal women in the Bastar region of Chattisgarh. Its interim report confirms, through its independent investigation carried out in March 2016, the horrific gang-rapes, rapes, sexual assault and separately, physical assault, by security forces on 16 tribal women in different incidents in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The incidents occurred between October 19 and 24, 2015, in the villages of Pegdapalli, Chinnagelur, Peddagelur, Gundam and Burgicheru.

AIDWA Holds Demonstration at RBI

AIDWA, Delhi state committee held a demonstration outside RBI on January 5, to protest against its refusal to exchange old notes in spite of their own assurance and the government notification in this regard.

People have been queuing up at different offices of Reserve Bank of India only to face refusal from the apex bank. Right in the capital yesterday a poor domestic worker was not only refused by RBI but was forcefully removed from the RBI entrance by the police. Another person who discovered old notes after his wife's death was also sent back empty handed.

Triple Talaq and Question of Equality of Rights of Women

AN organisation of Muslim women has moved the Supreme Court with an appeal for banning the custom of ‘Triple Talaq’ or the practice of divorcing one’s wife by uttering thrice the word ‘talaq’. This case, the Law Commission’s view and the Centre’s opinion have generated a debate across the country. Our time is a time when the value of gender equality has been socially and legally upheld, thanks to the advancement in the fields of knowledge, science, thought and technology. Little wonder that a Muslim man’s right to divorce his wife by uttering ‘talaq’ has been questioned in many corners.

Eleventh All India Conference of AIDWA

THIS was the slogan of the five day 11th national conference of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) which concluded in Shyamali Gupta Nagar (Oriental College), Bhopal on December 14, 2016. The conference was attended by 788 delegates from 23 states. It was preceded by relay jathas from different parts of the country, all of which culminated in Bhopal on December 10, 2016. This marked the beginning of intensive deliberations on the present status and the future of the struggles that they were undertaking against the present neo-liberal and communal regime.

AIDWA Concerned over Increasing Honour Crimes

IN a statement issued on December 7, the All India Democratic Women’s Association has expressesed deep concern over the alarming increase in honour crimes and killings as has been reported by the minister of state for home affairs while answering a question in the Lok Sabha. According to the reply given by him there has been a 79 percent increase in just one year, ie, from 28 cases in 2014 to 251 cases in 2015. 

Conference of Women Communist Leaders held in Athens

AFTER the conclusion of the Conference of Women Communist Leaders organised by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in Athens on November 10-11, along with comrades from Russia and Kazakhistan, I was being driven to the airport by a young member of the KKE, Lambrini.  On the way, she told me about her family, her political commitment and about the problems that young people in Greece face today.  She is 24 years old and has a brother and sister close to her in age.  Her father and mother are both dedicated Communist militants and she and her siblings also belong to the Party.  Her father was


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